Border History Museum

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MarkBeard
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK24 contributions
The admission price might put you off as the Abbey is free, but if you have a day in Hexham there is time to do both and I'd recommend this over the Abbey if you can only do one.

The ground floor had some interesting displays about the gaol(old spelling og jail), first had some on border history and the second a film of a border reiver raid and a room letting you know what it was like for normal families to live in the border area during the reign of Elizabeth I.

All floors are accessed by lift and there is plenty of room for wheelchairs and buggys, if you ask nicely at the desk they can generally find a spot to leave the buggy.

On the first floor at weekends they seem to have a member of staff upstairs dressed up doing some talk or activity for the kids. When I went in there was a gentleman with some old objects talking about them and there was card shield making for the little ones
Written February 7, 2012
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RFaserH
Chester, UK371 contributions
Family
Really nice little museum with a very interesting history to tell. The young lad giving the introduction talk was excellent and the building is worth a visit in its own right.
Written August 10, 2014
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DavidBicester
Oxford, UK55 contributions
Couples
Note this is a small museum. If you are in Hexham it is worth visiting here. The old gaol aspect of the museum gives an interesting look at how the gaol was managed. The boarder history aspect is also interesting. It is not a place that I would recommend making a long trip to alone, but is worth combining with other attractions in the area.
Written October 16, 2017
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dancingassassin
Sunderland, UK191 contributions
Couples
We were the only visitors in here till we left, such a shame as it is excellent. You are given a laminated sheet to help guide you round and the lift up and down makes it a great visit for those who find stairs difficult. It is jammed full of fascinating facts and items and has a great atmosphere. A room for children to draw and design shields etc is handy. Plenty of interactive items too for such a small place.
If you gift aid you can have an annual pass which is worth it as a lot to read and digest. We loved the room with the three stories of life back in the day, the video of the border fights was well worth watching and press the button for the gaoler's tale.
Written April 21, 2017
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sparklywater
Glasgow, UK75 contributions
Family
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Hexham Old Gaol. Staff are helpful, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Many of the exhibits are interactive which is great for the children although the main attraction was the dungeon. Dogs are also welcome at this attraction which is an added bonus if you are travelling with your four legged friend.
Value for money and well worth a visit if you are in the area.
Written August 2, 2016
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Minkymonkey
London383 contributions
Couples
Was looking forward to visiting as had read some good reviews.
It seemed more geared to children rather than adults and most of the displays were dumbed down.
Written July 1, 2016
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Linda M
Northumberland, UK54 contributions
Family
Great place to visit, could do with the displays changing a little bit each year? Maybe even a cafe - or refreshments served?
Written September 20, 2015
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davidjb1
Wakefield, UK68 contributions
Couples
Another great attraction well worth a visit. Spent about 2 hours inside and once again very descriptive and informative. Great. Cheap entrance fee. I would think the young children would love it.
Written September 11, 2015
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HAL11
Glasgow, UK179 contributions
Couples
This is a brilliant little museum in a fabulous building. Where else can you see a purpose built gaol (or 'jail' if you want the more modern/American spelling) that is nearly 700 years old?!

The border between Scotland and England was a place of turbulance and violence from the 1300s to the early 1600s and this museum tells that history through a variety of different methods, suitable for children and adults alike. There are videos, life-sized models of people who 'talk' about their life and experiences. There is also plenty to read for those who prefer that. There are models of castles, towers and fortified farmhouses. There are tales of border raids and ballads.

Although a 700 year old building there is a lift so all areas are very accessible to those with and without disabilities: including down to the dungeon.

This is a brilliant little museum - only £3.95 for adults to visit - it should be higher up on the list of Hexham attractions in my opinion.
Written April 16, 2015
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CockneyBrum
Worcestershire, UK2,753 contributions
Family
Firstly, Hexham is a great place! The local council should be applauded for the plentiful free parking by the Leisure Centre and the 'Eat Hexham' boxes dotted around town (and outside here) where you can help yourself to vegetables and herbs. I wish our local council was like here!

Now to this lovely little museum, which is fully accessible for people with pushchairs or in wheelchairs. We managed to scrape in about an hour just before it closed.

The member of staff that greeted us was very welcoming. This is a fascinating peek into the life of England's oldest jail. Children will love the spooky lift ride to the dungeon and the crafts they can make. Ours did! The quality of the exhibits were great, especially the skull that didn't like being moved!

Definitely worth a visit or two, even if short of time as we were. If you Gift Aid your admission, you get a ticket that lasts a year, which makes it even better value for money.
Written April 13, 2015
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